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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 176
Gots: 82 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

Oud Vlaams Bruin - Blend 30% Old & 70% New

EBC:52, IBU:15, OG:1078, FG:1018, ABV:??
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallertau MF

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly drinkable and smooth for this style. Brownish red with some alcohol and woodiness in the scent. Medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation, wonderful cherry and lemon and winey and balsamic vinegar malted down - with anything,little head , thanks Hopdog.

Sammy, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.5%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Most recent vintage courtesy of pittsburghkid66. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with some reddish-mahogany highlights. A few light tan bubbles to start and then it falls completely flat, which is then echoed in the flavor and feel. The nose brings a bit of light soy sauce and mild sweetness, which, oddly enough, reminds me a bit of 2009 Dark Lord. Slight cherry cherry along with lactic acid and a bit of vinegar. The flavor goes straight from the nose bringing through cherry, soy sauce, vinegar, and some very mild sweetness. Light body with very low carbonation and a pretty heavy acetic acid presence. Definitely not for everyone, but I quite enjoyed this.

Thorpe429, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

acurtis, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky burnt walnut brown with almost no foam creation after a barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking. Hopefully, a lack of carbonation won't detract from the experience. An almost spotless glass is no surprise, although scattered dots of suds allow the above score to be granted. Besides, the beer itself looks damn good in a crystal snifter.

The nose is an enticing mixture of brown malt, medium-dark sour fruit, and a melange of spices that is due to more than yeast esters. That last one isn't a guess because 'spices' are listed under ingredients on the label. This is shaping up to be mighty fine ale.

Never mind the fact that the 'best by' date was last month, Earthmonk is a tremendous Flanders oud bruin that has held up extremely well during the several year wait in my cellar. An already impressive amount of complexity should become even greater as the beer gains 10-15 degrees.

Specifics include brown bread covered with Granny Smith apple butter, sour cherries, unripe figs, leather, and a spice bill that defies all attempts to discern its composition. Warming does, in fact, makes things bolder and deeper and more tightly-knit.

Body and mouthfeel is the beer's Achilles' heel. Having said that, it isn't too bad, all things considered. Sure, it's too thin and could use more bubbles, but this is more of a wine-like experience than a beer-like experience anyway. No disrespect to beer... which is the vastly superior libation.

For some reason, it escaped my notice until this moment, but De Struise Brouwers brews damn good beer. Black Albert, Struise Tsjeeses and Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale (in all its various guises) are great examples of their respective styles. Looks like we can add Earthmonk to the list.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Fonefan: Poured a deep cloudy red color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of oak with some sour cherries and some cloves and some very subtle light black chocolate notes. Taste is also a mix between some black chocolate covered black cherry with some clearly identifiable oak with a sour finish. A lot more complex then most traditional Flemish sours out there. This is definitely a beer I would like to try more often in order to try and decipher all of the characteristics.

Phyl21ca, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally was able to pick up a couple of these recently. I had been dying to try this brew and immediately chilled one down for consumption. 330ml bottle was served chilled and decanted into a large snifter. Consumed on 10/18/2008.

The pour was rather non eventful for me. Rich, deep, mahogany in color with an impenetrable from light consistency to it. No head at all though, which kind of shocked me to be honest, but still good color for the style.

The aroma was deeply sour, with tons of apple vinegar like aroma to it. Richly funky this one was one crazy ass smelling beer. As it warmed I started to pick up some nice notes of caramel, some nice dark fruit notes and a slight hint of some earthy malts, but all layered underneath and incredible layer of deep funk. The flavor started out the same way, almost lip puckering strong notes of vinegar, followed by some nice tart fruits that just layered and stay upon the tongue. Some nice, dark earthy flavor then upon that. Really rich and complex. The finish was just as tart, drying out the palate and really just letting the rich flavor peak through your tongue and last long with an almost sour cherry like finish. The feel was a little disappointing for me to be honest, as it felt thin, with no carbonation at all. This was really the only downer for me in this though and was still full enough to pull off a good rating. The alcohol was no where to be found, but the flavor was so rich and thick that there was just no way at all you were going to get by this one.

Overall not bad, seriously not the best of the style that I have ever had, but none the less it was still very solid. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day, and I am glad I have a few left.

mikesgroove, Oct 21, 2008
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.28/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to LtDan for providing me with a taste of this. I had heard these bottles weren't so great, but I had to see for myself.

A: The pour is innocent enough. A slightly clouded brown color with a minimal off-white head.

S: A strong acetic character is immediately present in the nose. A bit of dark fruits, cherries for the most part, and a bit of sweetness.

T: The taste is of balsamic vinegar, and not in a good way. A strong oak component along with some earthiness. A bit of sweetness as well, but overall not good.

M: The body is medium with a very light carbonation.

D: Needless to say I was very disappointed by this beer. I was hoping that it would be as enjoyable as most of the other Struise beers are, but this one is just not good.

womencantsail, May 25, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev +1.5%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 15 to 20 CM pour or not, you still get a near black body with nearly no head to speak save a few beige bubbles.

Smell: Interesting potluck aroma with wild, varying notes, including: Ricola herb pastilles, balsamic vinegar, smoke, and top soil.

Taste: Sweet (yet somehow also savory) and plenty fruity. You get plums, black cherries, and even grilled pineapple soaked in red wine. Handful of salt licorice, a puff of smoke, and a piece of chewed barley-flavored gum. Light lactic sourness throughout. Dash of black pepper in the tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's certainly different, I'll give it that.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 24, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

I've heard so many interesting things about this beer that I had no problem when it was chosen to be cracked first tonight. It pours a murky ruby-brown with no real head of any kind to speak of. The nose comprises tomato, light tart black cherry, light raspberry vinaigrette, caramel, and teriyaki sauce. I'm actually a little surprised that I like what I'm smelling, given what I just wrote. The taste holds notes of soy sauce (including a pinch of salt), light cocoa, cherry tomatoes, red grapes, and red apple skin. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a slick, fluid feel. Overall, an interesting beer, indeed, one I'm not entirely sure if I liked or disliked...

TMoney2591, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as the brewers advise, at a height of six or more inches, it actually produces a lasting head of larger, honeycombed bubbles. Here's the visual: http://belgianbeerboard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102

Ten minutes later, and the head is still there, along with a little spotty lace. Served at 50º cellar temperature into a stemmed Oerbier glass.

Aged balsamic vinegar in the nose, sweet and spicy, a touch lactic. Black with a lighter auburn glow at the edge when backlit. The feel is very rich, probably the most full bodied Oud Bruin i've had. The low carbonation and and vinous body gives it a slight heft, and even more of a balsamic character to match the taste. Very tasty, there are also hints of anise, black cherry, leather, tobacco, yogurt, and other spices. Tartness is fairly mild, though it still gives a good bite. Very savory, definitely one to sip and contemplate.
Pete Wentz: "Ashlee Simpson's breast milk tastes "soury" and "weird". Soury... that's a word? Or just how canadians apologize?

Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sending me this, and to tyee for sharing it awhile back. This is really exceptional stuff!

emerge077, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown in the pour, sits an opaque nearly black color in the glass. Very little head, just a few bubbles and a fine ring.

Smell: Vinous red wine-like notes, unsweetened chocolate and balsamic vinegar stand out at first. As it warms, I get spice and earthy fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fruity with fig and date flavors most prevalent, undertones of chocolate and grape skin. Medium-full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Semi-dry finish, very acetic. Sourness is moderate and acidity is restrained. Very drinkable stuff, good example of the style.

largadeer, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this a while back from ygtbsm94. Best before July 2011 - whoops! Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A hard pour yields a big-bubbled crust that lingers and eventually yields to a thin ring. Very dark brown body.

S - Smells like an aged oud bruin alright - reminds me of the De Dolle '20' a bit, with notes of BBQ sauce, vinegar, caramel malts, light vanilla, and a touch of oak. Pretty nice stuff.

T - Unfortunately the flavor has gone off the rails. Flavor is a bit bland, with some oxidation, and a slight mineral quality. Not much overt sourness, and mild sugary malt sweetness. Some dry oak, and a slightly meaty note implied by the BBQ sauce-esque combination of flavors.

M - Minimal carbonation, medium body, dry finish, and more acidity than I expected from the flavor. Thankfully, it never reaches stomach-melting levels. Could use more bubbles.

D - This didn't seem to age well - perhaps I should have gotten to it a bit sooner. I'll have to revisit the new batch, although I didn't care for it either if I recall correctly. The most enjoyable time I had this beer was when I had it straight for the barrels.

MasterSki, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long time want, I had actually taken it off of my wants list because I figured it was becoming such an illogical long shot, but Brad hooked me up at a recent tasting.

This bottle is from the first release of this beer. Its a small 11.6 ounce bottle with a great drawing of an odd shaped cat (almost looks like a monkey) on the label. This bottle is also covered in dust, very cool. Beer is dark brown and clear, no head and carbonation is close to non-existent.

Strong sweet aroma. There is also a strong acetic presence to it. Almost like balsamic vinegar with fruit.

Beer is biting sour, strong almost wine like flavors with the fruits. Finishes dry, which was a surprise. There are late acetic / vinegar acidicity that adds to the palate connectivity. Even though there was no visible carbonation in the glass, on the palate there is plenty of carbonation that helps to activate the sourness of the late flavors. The sweetness is still there as well. Beer is well balanced between these two flavors. Drinkability is not as high as I would have hoped but it was also getting quite late. I would drink it again and seek it out again. A great great beer.

drabmuh, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this a while, and big thanks to weibull for it. '08 vintage.

Carbonation is all gone, no head, dark molasses brown color, little light coming through the thick hazy sediment, and some nice legs on the side of the glass.

Nose starts with sour brown malts, raisin, plum, date, fig, nutty, very little funk, little molasses and porter like dark malts even.

Taste is fairly sour but not a lot, big malty base, molasses, dark caramel, chewy, soured brown malt mash, dark fruits with raisin, fig, date, etc again. A light bitterness comes in, with a bit of brown sugar and nutty flavors. Finish is flemmy, sour brown malts and fruits lingering, a touch of oxidation comes in on the end.

Mouth is flemmy, no carbonation, slightly slimy, but the booze is hidden well.

Overall pretty nice. A nicely aged oud bruin, great flavors, although the lack of carbonation and slight oxidation take away a bit. Still a decent beer but not among the greats.

jlindros, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for breaking this bottle out at our tasting.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and hardly any head.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar dominates. Sweet dark fruit and extremely sour.

Taste: Follows from the smell. Lots of balsamic vinegar. Sweet and a bit fruity, bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: So sour and vinegary. Very interesting and I'm so glad I got to try it. I don't know that I would have another.

oline73, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. I have been waiting to try this one for a while.

The beer pours a brownish-color with red highlights and a very small white head.

The aroma is classic Oud Bruin. I get a lot of caramel and toffee, as well as some brown sugar and tart cherry notes.

The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of brown sugar and tart cherry notes to give the beer a nice sweet and sour taste profile. I also get some oak and a little bit of vinegar in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall.

Mora2000, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 01/08/12 notes. Thanks to bmanning for sharing this one; thanks Ben. 2008 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation.

s - Sour of sour dark fruits, vinegar, sweet dark fruits, light spice, yeast, and lactic notes. Not overly sour but it is there. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, vinegar, and yeast. Taste again is a little sour and sweet at the same time.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. It's not super sour but a very nice mix of sour fruit/vinegar with sweet fruits. Interested to see what my fresh bottle tastes like.

mdfb79, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.